Invisible Works has unveiled plans to fill one of London's city parks with a series of fantastical treehouse-like semi-permanent structures. The designers hope that the installations will inspire people to spend more time outdoors. Invisible Works intends for the temporary structures to remain in one of London's parks for 10 years, during which time the spaces can be used as a venue for concerts, movie screenings and other public events.
Instead of experiencing parks as patches of urban greenery that act as oases detached from the city, Invisible Works hopes to introduce a whole new set of structures that would help transform the way city inhabitants interact with the natural environment. Privately financed installations would populate the parks and draw people away from overcrowded city streets and encourage more frequent use of the parks.
The biophilic treehouse structures of the Invisible City blend into the natural environment using a unique combination of sustainably-sourced timber ribs and “eco” skin. “A lot of people who look at parks think they should be untouched, unspoiled places,” said Ed Shuster, the project’s director. “We’re really saying that people need to be able to use this space, and people are living in a technologically developed city. How do we integrate these two things together without harming the environment, but enhancing it?”
Invisible Works hope to be able to use one of London’s parks for a 10 year period, and further aim to expand their program throughout the city.